2016 Toyota 4Runner vs. Its Competition

2016 Toyota 4Runner
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Most SUV drivers don't actually need an off-road vehicle; but there are a few that do need something like a Toyota 4Runner, at least in one of its simpler or more rugged trims.

The Nissan Xterra might be the most direct rival; it's a five-seater only, but it's essentially a Frontier pickup with a wagon body, so it has real off-road strength.

Unfortunately, the Xterra isn't being renewed for 2016—but it might be back in the future.

The Jeep Wrangler still has the off-road chops, but it's on a different level in terms of refinement and features.

The Ford Explorer has a similar shape to the 4Runner, but it's gone full crossover, sharing running gear with the Taurus sedan.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is still a formidable all-terrain vehicle, especially with its new EcoDiesel engine, but it gets quite expensive quite easily—and who wants to ruin a really nice $50,000 SUV? The 4Runner has a corporate rival: its cousin, the Lexus GX 460, has the same underpinnings, but more luxury features and a V-8 engine.

The GX doesn't cost much more than the 4Runner Trail, but because of its complicated power-folding third-row seat and side-opening hatch, we'd rather have the Toyota.

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Quick Specs
With the 2016 Toyota 4Runner, you'll trade off a little refinement and on the road finesse for true SUV capability, off-road prowess, and unparalleled style.
The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a lot more than first appearances might suggest: a true luxury vehicle, a capable off-roader, and a fuel-efficient diesel highway hauler—potentially all in the same build.
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler build faithfully on the reputation and the look of the past, with just enough contemporary features and modern amenities.
The 2015 Nissan Xterra can go just about anywhere, and it won't clutter your decision with tons of options.
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Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
N/AStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDN/AN/A
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)FWD 4-Door BaseRWD 4-Door 75th Anniversary4WD 2-Door Willys Wheeler2WD 4-Door Automatic X
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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